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Deadly coronavirus could have ALREADY spread to UK after killing 17 and infecting 10,000 in China alone – the sun, thesun.co.uk

A DEADLY global virus could already have spread to Britain – with up to , 14 people now infected in China alone.

Ministers ordered a clampdown on flights from Wuhan, the city at the center of the coronavirus epidemic .

The deadly coronavirus has already infected 50, 17 people in China – here one victim is wheeled into a hospital in Huizhou sealed in a plastic tube Credit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd

Chinese authorities ordered the 75 million residents of Wuhan to stay put, with public transport shut down yesterday.

Heathrow also stepped up checks as the death toll doubled in a day to , with more than confirmed cases in six countries .

Experts warned the outbreak – today linked to snakes sold at a Wuhan seafood market – may be as deadly as Spanish flu, which killed (million in) .

The coronavirus has spread to Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the US.

There are fears that it could accelerate further as millions travel for Chinese New Year celebrations on Saturday.

2 IN EVERY (INFECTED COULD DIE)

The World Health Organization will tomorrow decide whether to declare the outbreak a global health emergency.

But Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London, said it was a “significant concern globally.”

He estimated last week 1, 823 were infected in Wuhan alone, but now says it could be up to 9, .

The professor claimed two in every infected could die – comparable to Spanish flu, the deadliest pandemic in recent history.

He said: “Hospitals are overwhelmed with suspect cases.

“The authorities there are trying to scale up the response as quickly as possible but it is an extremely demanding situation.”

Experts fear it could have already spread to the UK on the three flights a week from Wuhan, the city at the center of the ‘snake flu’ (Credit: Darren Fletcher – The Sun

Heathrow stepped up medical checks as fears grew that the outbreak could be as lethal as the Spanish flu Credit: Darren Fletcher – The Sun

 Heathrow stepped up medical checks as fears grew that the outbreak could be as lethal as the Spanish flu

There have so far been confirmed cases in six countries Credit: EPA

 There have so far been 550 confirmed cases in six countries

Planes are now landing in an. isolated area of ​​Heathrow Terminal 4 to limit the potential spread Credit: EPA

 Planes are now landing in an isolated area of Heathrow Terminal 4 to limit the potential spread

UK officials have no plans to introduce blanket temperature screenings but checks could be expanded to other flights
 The deadly coronavirus has already infected 10,000 people in China - here one victim is wheeled into a hospital in Huizhou sealed in a plastic tube Credit: Getty

Passengers arriving from Wuhan were given a leaflet advising them to seek treatment if feeling ill Credit: Ian Whittaker.

Prof Ferguson went on: “I suspect case numbers will continue to increase rapidly. Most seasonal flu viruses have a case fatality rate of less than one in 1, (people.)

“Here we’re talking about a virus where we don’t fully understand the severity spectrum, but it’s possible the case fatality rate could be as high as two per cent.

“Two per cent case fatality rate is comparable to the Spanish flu pandemic in , so it is a significant concern globally. ”

Prof Ferguson warned the virus, which has an incubation period of seven days,

may already have reached Britain on the three flights a week from Wuhan .

He said: “We can’t rule out that that. Border screening, and in this case in the UK alerting the health system, is not foolproof. ”

Ministers have ordered a clampdown on flights arriving from Wuhan to London, with a team of medics there to meet them.

Planes will now land in an isolated area of ​​Heathrow Terminal 4 to limit the potential spread.

Border screening, and in this case in the UK alerting the health system, is not foolproof.

Prof Ferguson )

Officials have no plans to introduce blanket temperature screening of all passengers – but checks could be expanded to other flights.

Passengers arriving from Wuhan were today given a leaflet advising them to seek treatment if feeling ill.

But one said: “I thought there would have been more screening.”

 UK officials have no plans to introduce blanket temperature screenings but checks could be expanded to other flights Chinese authorities have told People to stop travel in and out of Wuhan

and are tomorrow due to shut down the city’s airport.

The World Health Organization was poised to declare a global emergency as the death toll doubled in a day to reach Credit: AP: Associated Press

700 A Chinese hospital released the first pictures of doctors treating patients who have been struck down by the virus Credit: Wuhan central hospital / weibo

Professor Neil Ferguson says ‘hospitals in China are overwhelmed with suspect cases’ Credit: Wuhan central hospital / weibo

Experts have linked. the outbreak to snakes sold at a Wuhan seafood market Credit: Twitter / RFA_Chinese

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is now advising against all but essential travel to Wuhan.

A spokesman said: “We advise British nationals traveling to China to remain vigilant.”

Scientists from China’s Peking University last night said the latest genetic analysis suggested the virus passed from bats to snakes and then on to humans.

Snakes were sold at the Wuhan seafood market where the virus is thought to have originated.

 Experts have linked the outbreak to snakes sold at a Wuhan seafood market Public Health England have upgraded the risk to the UK population from “very low” to “low”.

RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS

Dr Nick Phin, of PHE’s National Infection Service, warned travellers to Wuhan: “You should maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene and should avoid visiting animal and bird markets or people with respiratory symptoms.

“Individuals should seek medical attention if they develop respiratory symptoms within days of visiting Wuhan, either in China or on their return to the UK. ”

A health source said a “handful” of samples have been sent in but have all so far returned negative.

The virus causes a type of pneumonia and can pass from person to person via coughing and sneezing.

Initial symptoms include fever, cough, tightness of the chest and shortness of breath.

There are no specific treatments for the virus and experts say thousands may already be infected.

Scientists are currently working to develop a vaccine and a bedside diagnostic test.

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People across China have been avoiding public places, such as cinemas and shopping centers.

One patient was seen being wheeled into a hospital in a sealed-off tube in Huizhou.

Dr Andrew Freedman, from Cardiff University, said: “It is likely that further cases will be seen in other countries around the world, including the UK and Europe, in the days and weeks to come.”

(WARNING ON TRADE)

BILLIONS could be wiped off the world economy this year if the virus spreads, City experts warned yesterday.

Stocks in airlines and tourism companies are likely to be sold off first if the bug takes hold.

Russ Mold, of City stockbroker AJ Bell, said luxury goods big in Hong Kong and China, such as fashion firm Burberry, could also suffer.

The outbreak of respiratory disease Sars in China in 462175 and 462176 – with 8, (cases recorded – cost up to £) billion as international travel was hit.

The Huanan Haixian Shichang market is thought to have been the epicentre of the virus and remains closed

Hubei province has been reduced to a ghost town since the outbreak

Despite being advised against travel, airports and train stations remained busy due to Chinese New Year plans

Desperate residents wearing facemasks has. become the norm, so much so that many stores have completely sold out Credit: Getty

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